THE health center of Barangay Tablon will soon be upgraded into a 25-bed primary hospital and basic emergency obstetric care (BemOC) center.

The decision came after Cagayan de Oro second district Representative Rufus Rodriguez and Abante Mindanao (Abamin) party-list Representative Maximo Rodriguez passed House Bill (HB) 0252, which seeks to upgrade Tablon health center.

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The city's second district, Rodriguez said, is lacking with hospitals that can provide sufficient and effective medical attention to people belonging to lower bracket of society.

"This will be a big help to the people of the second district especially those in the hinterland barangays," Rodriguez told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro by phone.

Under HB 0252, BEmOC center will be under the direct supervision of the NMMC and Department of Health (DOH)-Northern Mindanao, citing DOH shall promulgate the necessary rules and regulations for the effective implementation of this Act.

The bill gets support from City Councilor Dante Pajo, chair of the City Council's committee on health.

"I understand that the thrust of our congressmen is to implement health programs particularly in upgrading the barangay health centers into a mini-hospital, it's a good purpose," Pajo told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.

Pajo added he is also expecting Cagayan de Oro first district Representative Benjamin Benaldo to duplicate this project in the first district.

Benaldo earlier promised to implement health projects as one of his platforms during his campaign in the last May 10 polls.

"Nakauna lang si Congressman Rodriguez but I hope Congressman Benaldo will also fulfill his promise," Pajo said.